Medical cost inflation to ebb in 2014

Article Written by: Kathy Kristof    Taken From: CBS News: Money Watch (MoneyWatch) Medical cost inflation will rise less in 2014 than in any point in recent history, according to a new report by PwC’s Health Research Institute. A host of trends — from corporate wellness p
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Employers use ‘gamification’ to keep employees engaged in worksite wellness

Article Written By: Joanne Wojcik   Taken From: Business Insurance   Employers are finding that the use of “gamification” in worksite wellness not only can boost participation rates, it also can enhance the effectiveness of those initiatives. But to keep employees’ interest from
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Gamification: 5 pillars of wellness

Article Written by: Andrea Davis  Taken From: Employee Benefit News In late 2010, high-tech company Brocade consolidated its operations and moved a large group of employees to a brand new set of buildings in San Jose, Calif. With the move, the firm had the luxury of building what Lean
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The pain of out-of-network claims

Article Written By: Shana Sweeney  Taken From: Employee Benefit News Lately, I’ve been reminded of a great video from three years ago called ‘If Air Travel Worked Like Health Care’. Recently, I’ve had an influx of employees at my desk with stacks of bills and e
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Incentives by design

Article Written By: Lisa Gillespie  Taken From: Employee Benefit News Six years ago, The Jackson Laboratory was in trouble. In 2007, The Jackson Laboratory’s per capita health costs were 40% higher than its provider Aetna’s book of business, large ly because of its locatio
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Ohio Dept. Of Insurance: Obamacare To Increase Individual-Market Health Premiums By 88 Percent

Author: Avik Roy  Taken From: Forbes Democrats continue to try to dismiss the evidence that Obamacare will dramatically increase the cost of insurance for people who buy it on their own. But on Thursday, the Ohio Department of Insurance announced that, based on the rates submitted by
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Obamacare Is Driving Some Doctors To Stop Taking Insurance Altogether

Taken From: Yahoo Finance Bangor Daily News A Portland, Maine family doctor is the latest poster child for private practitioners who are turning their backs on insurers altogether. In April, Dr. Michael Ciampi stopped accepting all forms of insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid,
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Why so much variation? Studies differ on causes of Medicare cost disparities

Medicare spends radically more in some places of the country than others. Intense debate over what’s behind that variation—and how to save money by narrowing it—erupted again last week with new research concluding that differences in patients’ health are primarily to blame
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One-stop shop for care

When Dr. Rich Zane arrived last year at the University of Colorado Hospital to become chair of its newly formed emergency medicine department, he found an emergency room built to handle 25,000 patients a year but was seeing 60,000. Patients faced long wait times, satisfaction plummete
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States’ Implementation Of Exchanges May Decide Fate Of ACA.

Over the holiday weekend through today, a number of national outlets reported on exchange implementation occurring across the US. Notably, from a national perspective, Bloomberg News  (5/28, Nussbaum) reports that the fate of the Affordable Care Act is “being decided far from Capitol
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